Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 19:07
The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog have hired Jamie Sue Beaupre to head up the ambitious goal of removing invasive buckthorn from the 680-acre Cedarburg Bog on the south side of Highway 33 in the Town of Saukville.
Beaupre’s position as project manager will be funded through a $200,000 grant awarded to the Friends by the Environmental Protection Agency.
For the past two winters, she has been working with the Friends in removing buckthorn from the bog and uplands.
Beaupre has eight years experience in environmental conservation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has extensive knowledge on native and invasive species in the state.
“Jamie’s bog experience allows her to hit the ground running, to really take advantage of this funding opportunity,” Friends President Bruce Ross said in announcing the hiring.
“I feel I am a vital part of current invasive species management in southeastern Wisconsin. The work I have put into learning effective management of invasive species and my knowledge of plant and animal life within the Bog has prepared me for this new position,” Beaupre said.
“The goal of clearing 680 acres of buckthorn is within our reach.”
Her duties will include identifying areas of buckthorn infestation, supervising a small buckthorn control team and coordinating volunteer work days.
Beaupre will also continue research and collect data on control efforts at the Bog.
In addition to the EPA grant, the Friends have secured funding from the DNR, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station to support the buckthorn removal effort.
Beaupre will report to Jim Reinartz, director of the UWM Field Station.
“This project will bring the area in which we have controlled buckthorn in the Bog to 900 acres,” Reinartz said.
“We will have preserved examples of all the plant communities in the Bog that are relatively unaffected by this aggressive invasive species.”
A series of four “Weed Warrior” volunteer days will kick off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Saturday, July 25, at the Cedarburg Bog.
Future volunteer days are planned for Saturdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 19 and Oct. 10.
Volunteers are asked to wear rubber boots, and long sleeved shirts and pants. It is recommended that helpers not be very sensitive to poison ivy or poison sumac.
To register, contact Beaupre at (414) 750-0867 or email
Image information: JAMIE SUE BEAUPRE is coordinating efforts to remove invasive buckthorn from the Cedarburg Bog property in the Town of Saukville.